We bicycled the 15 miles to the newest brewery in town, Gravity Heights. Off Mira Mesa Blvd and Pacific Heights. Nice place. Not a surprise, I opted for the hoppy flight.. …and she opted for the dark and malty tasters. Not a bad beer in the bunch…not much a surprise considering Skip Virgilio is at […]
A juicy n hazy IPA where the slight tartness just adds to the juiciness…like morning breakfast beverage juiciness. With very little bitterness and massive dry-hopping, it’s really quite good. No way I would have guessed the 8% ABV the bottle indicates. From the fine folks at Chicago’s Pipeworks Brewing Co.
The beer name is reminiscent of five year-old playground name calling. By taste I would have said New England-style hazy IPA, and not the hefeweizen indicated on the can…must be the dry hopping. Clocking in at a respectable 8% ABV.
Quite pleased with the newest collaboration brew from Karl Strauss and Amplified Ale Works. Some flavor characterizes similar to a belgian pale ale, and clocking in at 6.9% ABV.
2000 words worth of pictures…cuz my thumbs are lazy today. Miles to go before I…have my next beer.
Probably should have waited to drink this on a crappy mid-week day to get the full benefit of the Weekend Vibes. I mean, I already had good weekend vibes going on. Drinking from the can the nose is strong pine and citrus hops…mmm…yummy. The flavor is somewhat soft. Light malt body with no sweetness allows […]
‘nuf said. Paired well with BLAH fries. So did the Focal Banger.
A delish 7% ABV collaboration IPA from the fine folks at Burgeon Beer Co. and Alvarado Street Brewery. Juicy citrus notes, mild bitterness that quickly diminish and a somewhat sweet finish. Might as well be a morning breakfast beverage. I guess it is depending on what time of day you drink it. Hmmm…or is it […]
A fine 8% double IPA from Tijuana’s Border Psycho Brewing. Nice hop notes with no residual sweetness. balance
All quite good but my favorite at the moment was the Power Word Kill. A juicy n delish 8.3% IPA made in the hazy style. Like a fermented fruit juice of sorts.
A piney 7% unfiltered west coast IPA with a somewhat dry finish, from the fine folks at Automatic Brewing. Would pair well with one of BLAH’s autumn squash pizzas…mmm.
L to R = top to bottom First beer stop at about halfway. Both Caughts are deceptively drinkable for 11% beverages. Hmm…I’m liking the Caught in a Haze; smooth mouth feel, mildly sweet body and less lingering bitterness at the finish.
Pre-blended keg of the stuff. Juicy with hop forward bitterness and a touch of sweetness on the finish. Quite enjoyable. Makes me want to try the individual cans of the brut IPA and hazy IPA.
Too sweet and not quite working for me. Like a blend of sweet agua fresca and light-bodied beer. Still clocking in at 7.3% ABV. I’m thinking it’s the sweet nose that I find overwhelming…comparing it to a juicy NE IPA where the dry hopping nose prevails. An interesting venture for the fine folks at El […]
Let’s get this party started….f’in Party Shirt bro…
New beer at Amplified Ale Works. A 6% ABV, 48 IBU IPA made in the New England-Style…mmm…yummy.
Pizza Port OB currently has two brut IPA’s that I’m quite happy with. This one is the stronger clocking in at 8.2% ABV, and less sweet than the 6.3% Bruty Call.
Quite happy with this juicy beverage. Nose is strong citrus rind and the flavor does not disappoint. Finish has mild bitterness that reminds me of grapefruit peel but in a good way. I would have guessed a lower ABV than indicated on the can.
Bedrock is a toasty, malty brown ale made with both coffee and beer. It has a mild aftertaste of toasted coconut, the coffee gives it a slight roasted chocolate hint, but it’s not sweet at all. At 30 IBUs and 6.2% it comes in much less than Barley Forge’s 37 IBU 6.6% Patsy, which is […]
My neighbor and I spend a lot of time trying to find unique beers for each other. He got home late on Friday, so I ended up popping open the bottle I got for him instead of gifting it. It’s an 8% double IPA with 70 IBUs. It’s named after the infamous California Highway 395. […]
A bit to much malty, almost caramel like, sweetness for my tastebuds at the moment. Not bad enough to dump, but likely won’t invest in another bottle this year.
A day late and typing whilst drinking in hopes the Stone Enjoy-by Police won’t remove the drink from my hand before I finish. Tastes fine to me. The 9.4% ABV is like a party in every sip.
During the slow stop-n-go trek that is Little Italy’s India Street, my car started to act up and coasted to a stop just north of Grape. I ended up in front of a parking meter with time still on it…hmm.. 40-mins left. ..it must be a sign. I found my Savior…a delish 8% triple dry-hopped […]
Our favorite beer stop so far today. R to L were Namaste Hazed, Terms of Endearment and Summer Wit…with not a bad beer in the bunch. So happy with what we had also enjoyed the Tap-Shackled 11% imperial stout.
…for me and a Tart Berry for the lady. At Green Man Brewing Company.
1000 words worth… Second thousand words All good. If I had to pick a fav it would be The Good Fight.
An 8.7% double IPA for me and Madame Pumpkin Saison for the lady.
Surprizingly good. It has a big sweet malty base I normally not a big fan of in my IPAs but with strong notes of melon and fruits it is quite enjoyable…and may be the perfect breakfast beer. It’s even got the 8.5% ABV going for it. Her Stone Berliner Weisse…not so much. Finish is bone […]
Super fruity IPA from Lost Winds in San Clemente.
I big malty 9.6% ABV DIPA with a nice hop balance. From Barrelhouse Brewing. Paired well with our Morrow Bay oysters.
After hours in the car I need to stretch my legs and find a bathroom. As usual she found the perfect place just off the 101…a brewery. Trying to stay on schedule we limited ourselves to two each, but really need to spend more time here…all we tried were quite good. R to L we […]
By little I mean 12 fluid ounces. By Puff I mean 9.8% ABV, 108 IBU IPA from Sixpoint Brewery. Per the label an unfiltered and special dry-hopped version of their Resin imperial IPA. Piney and resinous hop characteristics overpower the big malty base so no residual sweetness. The pleasant, but strong, bitterness doesn’t linger as […]
This newer brewery is in the Brig HQ on Ostrow, and currently only open on weekdays for lunch, between 11am and 2pm. Owned by the folks that own the Brigantine restaurants, I’ve heard the beer will be made for the restaurants. While there, the fav of all 3 or 4 groups ordering beer was the […]
She enjoyed the dessert-like Guava Libre!, a collaboration beer The Bruery and Funky Budda. Think milkshake IPA, minus the hop bitterness, with added vanilla and sweet fruit. They even let it ferment enough to get up to 7.5% ABV. I, on the other hand, got the Consolation Prize. This 9.5% ABV double IPA, from the […]
…F*#k yeah! Wet hop, nice balance, and 7% ABV.
Quite happy with the hazy collaboration beer from Burgeon Beer Co. and Humble Sea Brewing.
Decided to crash a “friends and fam” soft opening occuring today and tomorrow at the newest brewery in town, Creative Creature Brewing Company. IPAs and sours and a stout. We tried # 4, 5, 6, 13 and 14. All decent… They took over the brewery spot where Urbn Pizza and Brewery were, at the corner […]
Quite happy with this beer; 6.8% ABV and nicely balanced. Even better that it was a freebie, as my boss brought back for me from his recent trip to that area.
Damn….this is a spectacular beverage. After trying each, I definitely have my favs, but this mead stands out. After being the bomb at some recent festivals, it understandable that they are down to their last. Get it while you can. Fruit forward but not overly sweet, and clocking in at 8.9%. Nice job.
Meh…not impressed. Not bad enough to dump but would not buy again. Hmm…come to think of it, I don’t think I bought this one.
From Brasserie Popihn from Vaumort, France, this IPA has very pale malt body with no sweetness, hop character has citrus peel bitterness and finishes very dry. Tasty.
Happy National Drink Beer Day! Yeah, it was yesterday…but I was kinda busy doing my part to celebrate the day. I would hope anyone reading this did the same. I enjoyed the the MadeWest 7% ABV brut IPA, Effervescent, with our 1.5 dozen oysters on the half-shell, octopus a la plancha and chowder fries at […]
This 6.5% ABV pale ale smells of grapefruit rind and pine, with pronounced hop bitterness over a very light bodied malt base. From the fine folks at Lord Hobo Brewing .
Lord Hobo Brewing proudly presents…a tasty 7.8% ABV IPA in the New England Style.
Yeah…that will work for now.
After a few miles on the bicycle…it’s just what I needed…hot water up to my neck and a tasty beverage. Juicy n delish.
We came here for the Murkshake with raspberries. R to L we tried the Nine Nights (a spectacular 12.8% ABV rum barrel-aged imperial stout with coconut and vanilla beans…mmmm….pastry stout, Murkshake with raspberries (more tart than sweet with lingering bitterness, clocking in at 10.5% ABV..but a higher than normal bitterness at 60 IBU), and Zestier […]
Pleasantly surprised with this mild session IPA. Nose is juicy citrus. Taste is light pale malt body with very mild bitterness and somewhat dry finish.
Drink’n right out of da can. Smells…like fish? No…that’s my hands. I washed after preparing and eating salmon for lunch. After another hand wash…better. It smells like sweet fruit punch beer. Flavor is not so sweet. Bitterness is mild, likely offset by the sweetness of the fruit, making beer more balanced. Tasting alone, I would […]
I have to admit that at first sips I was not so impressed. But a few more and I’m liking this newer “Hop Freshener” release from Hop Concept/ Port Brewing. The nice Citra flavors shines through with pleasant bitterness and no malty sweetness….some lingering bitterness..just enough to justify another sip. Maybe it’s the 8.5% ABV […]
A juicy dry-hopped wheat to relax with. Way less bossy than Rugrat’s Angelica Pickles.
Quite happy with this 7.8% ABV hazy IPA from Goleta’s M. Special Brewing Company. Juicy.
Our favorite of the four was Hopricot Milkshake Juicy IPA. Clocking in at 6.5% ABV and 30 IBU, it was smooth, slightly sweet, fruity with vanilla notes and mild hop bitterness.
We tried L to R a Belgian-style tripel, a pale ale, an IPA, a kinda hazy IPA and a fruited kettle sour. Dude, It’s Not Even Hazy , second from the right, was my fav, while hers was the imperial kettle sour, Raspberry Sunrise, the colorful one on the far right.
I drink a lot of Swami’s, and doubt I’m the only one. Cheers
Still quite happy with this 50 IBU 6% ABV pale ale collaboration from Amplified and the one-man-band, Low Volts. Hard to beat the $4 per 16oz can for on site consumption going on in PB.
This collaboration beer between The Bruery and Jester King is one of the most interesting beers I’ve had. Inspired by the Ramos Gin Fiz, originally concocted in 1888 by Henry Ramos the owner of the Imperial Cabinet Saloon in New Orleans, LA, it is tart and sweet, even a bit salty, notes of oat barrel […]
Very refreshing oak aged saison. Tasting notes just as described on the bottle so I just took the pic to save me from typing with my thumbs…where I would just make a mistake and retype over and over.
Quite happy with this 6.2% French saison that my son smuggled back for me on his recent trip to Paris. Very refreshing. Nose reminds me of a lemon sparkling /wine seltzer water..maybe a Radler but not as sweet smelling. Body is light and effervescent. The finish is clean with strong notes of lemon/lime fruit.
Damn fine collaboration IPA, in the hazy style, from bay area breweries Fieldwork Brewing and 21st Ammendment Brewing. Standing room only at Small Bar. $5 Fieldwork and 21st Ammendment beers all day. Always nice to see so many familiar faces.
Who knew Coronado Brewing had an “art series” line of cans? Happy with the beer too.
Stone going retro and releasing a non-hazy double IPA for their 22nd Anniversary ale. Maybe last year’s release was unfiltered, but I think the one before that wasn’t…though not sure. I could check on the interweb and get a whole list of releases…do some fact checking…but I really don’t care. I’m just going to enjoy […]
2nd generation of Amplified Ale Works NE-style IPA, this time for their can release. Going down waaaay to fast on this hot-ass day. We came upstairs because they don’t have Off the Record and Uber Jam downstairs. Downstairs is much much cooler.
Thought I would try something different from San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing. I like a good Nelson hopped beer. Unfortunately this isn’t one of them. Reminds me of my early 90’s home brew. Not bad…just something my tastebuds have outgrown.
I’ve been wanting to drink this ever since we picked it up, but not really wanting the whole thing. I’m totally ready for 32oz of juicy yummyness right now and the 5.2% ABV that goes with it.
A 7% ABV juicy and delicious NE-style hazy IPA from the fine folks at Modern Times Beer.
Very happy with this Japanese version of a NE IPA. I was surprised to read that the brewery, Tamamura Honten, was established in mid to late 1800’s. Talking with the owners of Beer Komachi, Tamamura Honten is a sake brewery that recently starting brewing beer.
Very happy with my choice. A juicy 7% ABV IPA from Ushi Tora Brewery in Tochigi Japan, north of Tokyo. She chose the Golden Ginjo Ale from Zig Zag Brewery…but low IBU beer option were limited. The sake options, though limited in quantity, were excellent from the ones we tasted. We chose the Hatsuhinode from […]
Fairly predictable for me to order an IPA. A 7.5% ABV is even better. Very happy with this west coast style. Much needed after a hot day of trekking about the surrounding area. Found this one at Goodbeer Faucets, Shibuya Tokyo. She chose the house beer Pineapple Life, a 4.5% ABV fruit beer..quite sweet, but […]
….an enjoyable Belgian IPA made by Brussels Beer Project, for me and NEUF, a Belgian golden strong ale collaboration from from Japan’s Barbaric Works and BBP, made to celebrate the first anniversary of Tokyo Belgian Beer Project, for the lady. A nice find just blocks away from our hotel in Shinjuku….even nicer to have today […]
Something more to my liking. We enjoyed many of The Shop Beer Company’s offerings on our recent trek to Phoenix, but this was not available on draft at the time…so we grab a few cans. A delish 10.1% ABV triple milkshake IPA made with toasted coconut, grilled pineapple, vanilla and lactose.
Way too much coffee for me, but she really likes it. I can’t taste oak or scotch ale for that matter…but I’m sure it’s in there somewhere to get to 8% ABV.
I think it just dropped below 100-degs outside here in the shade. This IPA from Mother Road Brewing is tasting pretty darn good right now. If you don’t drink fast the beer gets hot.
This 4.8% ABV wheat ale had a sweet watermelon nose but not much watermelon on the flavor, and had bitter finish that I wasn’t pleased with. The 5.5% ABV dry hopped golden ale tastes just like a dry hopped golden ale; nice citrus nose but not the juicy flavors I was hoping it would have.
A local juicy 7.2% ABV IPA with strong notes of tropical fruits. How fitting considering I found it at Kaleidoscope Juice in downtown Phoenix.
Three thousand words worth… Not a bad beer in the bunch…her fav, not difficult to imagine, is the Arrastra. I couldn’t say my fav..I’m very much enjoying both The Roosevelts and Klothos Temple.
The best beer of the day was also my last. Quite happy with this juicy 6.4% ABV New England-style IPA from Goldwater Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ. Went well with my cottage pie pasty at downtown Cornish. One of the few places open late on a Sunday.
Really liked the Chango Malo, but a bit too sweet to enjoy with lunch…hmm..maybe I should order chicken n waffles. Anywho…I didn’t and went with Fog Thoughts.
Pizza Port and Stone Brewing collaboration “Beer Friends Forever” is a 6.2% ABV San Diego Pale Ale with pale malt body with pronounced bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering notes of citrus rind. Cheers
I picked up this Deftones/ Belching Beaver Brewery collaboration beer off the warm shelf of the local Trader Joes. It has a wonderful piney and citrus hoppy nose right out of the can. The flavor is ok, but not what I was expecting based on the nose. It’s a pleasent but somewhat mild bitterness, where […]
A hazy IPA from the fine folks at Solana Beach Pizza Port. Decent, but nothing outstanding. Mild bitterness and not much of a nose…or could it be my nasal congestion…hmmm. Maybe this is the best beer I’ve ever had and I just can’t tell.
At approximately 67.5 miles in… a Gold Record for the Lady, and Afternoon Delight for me.
While riding north I notice Saint Archer has a tasting room just south of the Regal Seagull in Leucadia. While heading south we stopped to hydrate. She chose the Creamcicle, and Coffee Cream Porter, where I chose the Hazy NZ IPA and the Galaxy DIPA. Though all good, after 43 miles of pedaling, her Creamcicle […]
About halfway thru today’s bike ride and made a stop to fuel and hydrate. My fav of the 6 tasters was this 7.6% ABV New England-style IPA. The slice with artichoke hearts wasn’t bad either.
10oz pours of the 9% ABV IIPA at Iron Pig today (Saturday) only. I assume price goes back up tomorrow.
A tasty 5.5% ABV New England-style hazy pale ale from Zoobrew in France. Not so hazy, but there was a pile of gunk at the bottom of the bottle after pouring. I get some herbal notes on nose, but not in the flavor. Pale malt body with no residual sweetness and nice hop bitterness. Very […]
As she hands me the can from the fridge, she says, “Dark Star means butthole.” I’m reluctant to search using my phone and risk inappropriate ads popping up at the worst of times…so I check Urban Dictionary. As usual, she is correct. It is also a fine 8% ABV oatmeal stout from the fine folks […]
Some damn good beer at Green Cheek. Pics worth thousands of words. We tried more and not a bad beer in the bunch. A bit far for our Sunday bike ride, but we’ll be back.
I shit you not…there is a brewey named Black Cock. We didn’t know until we got here, but they took over the spot that was Old Orange Brewing in Anaheim. Same place, new owners. Our fav ended up being a blend of the Chocolate Persuasion and Hazel Nut Heffer, with nice hints of coconut. I […]
Whoa…this is awesome! Who knew we had a Lord Hobo in the lower left. Might as well order another right now, as this juicy 5.5% ABV hazy wheat pale ale, with wonderful notes of fruit, from the upper right just ain’t gonna last. Found this gem at La Jolla Public House.
Nice beer… at Karl in the Village.
I tried this yesterday and it was good. At 7.7% it’s double seems to apply to the black part and not the IPA. It’s dark, rich, malty, mildly sweet with faint coffee tastes. Nobody else seemed to like it, so I got it all to myself.
The place was packed for their grand opening with 6 drafts on and 2 cans available. JuneShine is the newest high gravity kombucha brewery in town, all with 6% ABV. Our fav was the Beet Berry.
Once again enjoying their juicy, and quite sessionable at 4.8% ABV, IPA.
So I tried this the other day. It comes in an attractive box. The cans are artistic black and yellow and I thought I was buying one of the latest Stone Hop series. When I got it home I found out it was the Stone go to IPA. While Stone is one of my favorite […]
Burning a little time on an absolutely perfect Tuesday in Stone’s gardens in Escondido. The Delicious tastes divine.
A new 7.2% ABV IPA from fine folks at Amplified Ale Works. A pale malt body with pleasant hop bitterness. The pic is more orange color than the beer actually is. It looks more like a berlinerweiss…between that and the glow of a Mountain Dew. Not much of a nose, but quite tasty.
A short bike ride to the newest brewery tasting room to open; Mason Ale Works Tasting Room and Kitchen in Carmel Valley. I chose the Eloise Woods, which tasted like an IPA aged in white wine barrels, and The Duke, an 11% triple IPA. Happy with both. If only for a few minutes…we are up […]
A delish 10.5% ABV hazy triple IPA from the fine folks at Pure Project. At only 50 IBU it finishes a bit sweeter than I prefer, but I’m suffering through it just fine.